Monday, 1 February 2016

Useful Resources for Learning Outside the Classroom

In our experience theres a whole host of places you can look to find ideas, tools and suggestions to get you and your learners in an outdoor environment yet cover your curriculum at the same time. If you have an outdoor classroom or just a corner of the school grounds you've got what you need to excite, engage and stimulate your learners. Heres our compilation of the best places you can look to make best use of your time:

FREE support from…
The Woodland Trust:
Nature Detectives   
Schools (lists all learning opportunities including free sapling packs for schools) 
Green Tree Schools Award  
Ancient Tree Hunt 
Forestry Commission:
Woodland Learning 
Key partner in Forest Education (Forest Schools) 

Other organisations:
Education Scotland, especially:
KS1–KS4 Growing Schools Garden Teacher Resource Pack (and much more!)
Available to down load from: 
Scottish Natural Heritage 
Grounds for Learning Scotland 
Wildlife TV (in case it rains!) 
Scottish Outdoor Access Code (primary and secondary resources) 
Creative Star Learning especially ‘I’m a Teacher get me Outside ’blog 
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom    
Outdoor Ed Research and Evaluation Centre

Books or resources packs (to buy)
Earth & Snow Walks by Steve Van Matre, The Institute for Earth Education UK
Sharing Nature with Children – Part I & II by Joseph Cornell, Deep Books
Nature’s Playground by Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield
Go Wild by Fiona Danks & Jo Schofield
Talking to the Earth by Gordon MacLellan
No Fear – Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society by Tim Gill
Natural Leaders: Environmental Games and Activities by The National Trust for
LOC Handbook by School Outdoor Learning 
Arbojo Packs (for Teacher led team building) by School Outdoor Learning
Expansive Education by Guy Claxton, Bill Lucas and Ellen Spencer
Mindset by Carol Dweck
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Children Learning Outside the Classroom by Sue Waite

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